Article provided by: Walter A Thomas, MD
The musculoskeletal system is comprised of your bones, joints, muscles, tendons and cartilage. When they are working properly you are able to move freely and without pain. Sometimes, however, an injury causes pain, inflammation and reduced mobility. Some injuries are sports-related while others occur due to repeated use and wear and tear over time. Many injuries can be treated with rest and medication while other times medical intervention is required. An orthopedic surgeon in Thousand Oaks will examine your injury and determine the best course of treatment.
Knee and Shoulder Injuries
The knees and shoulders are among the joints that have the most injuries. They are joints that you use in almost every daily activity. Some signs that you may need to visit an orthopedic surgeon in Thousand Oaks include pain, swelling, difficulty with mobility, numbness and a popping noise in the joint. If the pain and inflammation continues for more than two days it is advisable to see the doctor.
Not all injuries require surgery. The orthopedic surgeon in Thousand Oaks will complete a comprehensive examination and diagnostic testing to determine the extent of the damage. We use the latest diagnostics testing such as digital x-rays and ultrasound that we have available right here in our office. If an MRI is necessary our team will make arrangements with the most convenient location that provides testing.
Once testing is complete the doctor will explain the injury and provide you with the best alternatives for treatment. In some cases, resting the injury and stabilizing it, along with medication may help heal it without any need for surgery. If surgery is required, the doctor will explain the procedure and aftercare.
Surgery and Recovery
In some cases, the orthopedic surgeon in Thousand Oaks will use arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage. Arthroscopic surgery uses a small incision where the surgeon inserts a small tool to perform the work. This type of surgery is very safe and effective. After surgery you will need to spend some time resting the area which was affected. You may be provided a cast or a brace to keep the area stabilized.
Once healing is sufficient you may begin physical therapy. Physical therapy allows you to gain strength and mobility in the area without causing any harm. You will also learn exercises that you can do at home to facilitate the process.
After you are healed you will find that you have regained mobility and are able to do things you weren’t able to do for some time. Best of all, you will be able to move without pain so you will be able to participate in your favorite activities. Walking, sitting and moving your arms will be easier and you won’t have the severe pain that caused you to stop doing the things you enjoy.
You don’t have to live with the discomfort and pain of limited mobility due to an injury. There are options available that will make your life better. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your medical needs.
Ste. 200 Westlake Village